Yoga teacher Dana Falsetti has been advocating for body positivity for quite some time. Have you heard of her before or seen her amazing instagram? She’s previously opened up about why it’s important that women stop picking out their flaws and proved time and time again that yoga is indeed for every body. Now, she is partnering with Superfit Hero to make the practice accessible to everyone.
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So it comes as no surprise that the self-love yogi is continuing to remove barriers when it comes to yoga by teaming up with body-positive lifestyle brand Superfit Hero, to launch an inclusive, accessible, pay-what-you-can online yoga studio. We’ve reached out to Dana for an interview and we’re so excited to hear back!
“Over the last couple of years as I’ve worked in the corporate yoga and wellness space, there’s a lot I’ve wanted to see change,” Dana tells Shape exclusively. “Most of all, I’ve felt a lack of accessibility in yoga when it comes to cost, both online and in studios, and a lack of content on spaces like social media for those looking for simple yet powerful moves.”
“Unfortunately, you’re just not going to see a lot of chair yoga classes or simple balance moves that aren’t flashy on the internet because they don’t grab people’s eyes, but there is so much more to yoga than that and there are so many people who need that content and just aren’t getting it.”
That’s why Dana’s online yoga studio will keep things simple and include 13 yoga asana classes, where most of the moves will be performed from a seated position. These flows and tutorials will range from chair yoga and beginning standing postures to inversion and arm balance prep, restorative moves, and more.
“By incorporating everyday items like chairs and desks, the goal is to reach people who might be unfamiliar with, or intimidated by yoga,” says Falsetti, who also shared an exclusive clip of one of her videos with us. The five-minute video will walk you through a series of morning stretches that Dana says are helpful when it comes to setting your intention for the day.
“Inviting any kind of movement or mindfulness into your morning is a good place to start,” Falsetti says of the flow. “A lot of times we jump right to our phones or we are hectic in the morning, heading to office jobs where we’re sitting all day. It’s so easy to flow into the pattern of not inviting much movement, so I always encourage people to introduce a few minutes of stretching in the mornings to help start your day stress-free.”
Like the rest of her program, the stretches in the video are applicable to anyone regardless of their level of experience, shape, or body type. “The movements are simple,” says Falsetti. “More than anything it’s about body awareness and mindfulness as opposed to anything super physical. You’ll also hear me focus a lot on breathing in because I believe your breath helps enhance that mind-body connection. I think a lot of times people tend to forget how powerful that can be whether it’s used to help you focus, recenter, or make sure you’re positive as you get ready to tackle all the stresses that come with everyday life.”
To access more of her content, head over to Falsetti’s website. The pay-what-you-can option starts at $5 a month, with a suggested average price of $25. Seriously, you guys, practicing yoga has never been easier (or cheaper).